The Recipe for Eternity

I taught a class on building an eternal marriage to the women in my congregation, as well as in  a larger event for women in my church. I wanted to make the class interesting, easy to remember, and fun. I would like to share my lesson with you so you can have this discussion and…

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I Love to See the Temple

This is one of my favorite children’s hymns, and has been since I was a child in Primary at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I can barely sing it without becoming emotional, and I certainly can’t hear a choir of children sing it without tears falling like a waterfall down my cheeks. To…

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God gives you who you need

As many of you know, I have three sons, ages 11, 5 and 3. Ever since getting pregnant with my fourth child, my friends and family have cheerily and optimistically expressed that they hope I have a girl this time. Usually in conversations like this, I admit that I would love to have a daughter,…

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The Cries that Go Unheard

Sometimes you just feel that you have to write about something. I feel that way tonight. I am writing about something I am completely passionate about. Why have I not written about it before, you ask? I didn’t feel compelled to. Now I do. Many people who are passionate feel the need to spout out…

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The Al-Bjalys in Disney World

Remember how we won a trip to Disney World? Well, February 29-March 6, 2016 was the week we got to visit the Happiest Place on Earth. Here is how it all went down: Monday – Traveling to Orlando! The magic started early – right after we checked our bags, in fact. As we turned around to ride…

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Are they RIGHT about me?

Compliments are meant to lift us up and make us feel good inside. But does criticism also have a place in our lives? Whether we realize it or not, people are constantly saying negative things about us, either to us or behind our backs. My son had a bad experience last week at recess when…

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1, 2, 3, 4!!!

Last June, I started to have this great desire to do something. I told my husband, but he wasn’t quite on board with it. I was a bit surprised, but patiently waited. Two months later, he decided that my idea was a worthy one. So, we set to work to accomplish this desire. Except, it…

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I learned, not failed

Have you ever prayed out loud pleading, sobbing, hoping, asking? I did that recently. I had to. I was so confused, emotionally and physically exhausted, and feeling that I wasn’t doing my part well enough. March 18-19 2016, my mom and I attended an event in Raleigh put on by Deseret Book called Time Out…

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When I am an adult I can…

You know the phrase “From the mouths of babes?” Most of the time, people use that phrase when children say something profoundly true or spiritual. Well, I think it can also apply when they say something that shouldn’t be true, but it is too often – when they say something that causes reflection, and possibly…

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Choose to Be a Gift Giver

Fear. Frustration. Depression. Fury. Loneliness. We feel a lot of those feelings in today’s world: Fear for our safety, and that of our families and friends. Frustration at the blame games, racism, arguments, persecution, name calling, and lies of those around us, including our leaders. Depression over the repercussions of wicked choices in this world….

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